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Social Advocacy & Politics: The People vs. Monsanto

January 29, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

By using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the people have been building an army to battle Monsanto. It is a battle of social capital pitted against financial capital. Thankfully, in a world where public policy often goes to the highest bidder, social media gives new weapons to the people who must fight corporations.[read more]


The Global War on GMOs: Continued Rise of the Social Machine

October 7, 2013 by Candida McCollam

GMOs and Social Media

Not since Rachel Carson, arguably the mother of today’s environmental protection movement, wrote A Silent Spring, heroically confronting the chemical industry’s pesticide contamination in the 1950s, have we seen such a groundswell of public sentiment.[read more]


Hear That, Monsanto? It's the Sound of Growing Consumer Awareness

August 29, 2013 by Candida McCollam

This summer has yielded a booster crop of alarmed consumers. New revelations of the science behind Monsanto’s GE and GMOs products, labeled ‘satanic’ by the French and other nations, have been widely debated in social media forums. Yet France in particular offers a case study both for the food titans and consumer groups.[read more]


March Against Monsanto: Social Democracy in Action

June 3, 2013 by Candida McCollam

A new movement is being spawned by a kinship of people across the world, unified by a nonpartisan and unbiased social media ecosphere. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of people concerned about Monsanto’s unbridled insinuation of dangerous or questionable substances into the food chain joined in 400 cities to March Against Monsanto. The global protest called for stricter governmental GMO and GE controls and full disclosure of risk.[read more]

Social Listening Fail: The Signing of Bill H.R. 933

April 5, 2013 by Candida McCollam

social listening fail

President Obama’s signing H.R. 933 into law last week is an example of “selective listening.” Blatant, even unprincipled, it is an example that invites public scrutiny. Transparent social listening cannot, should not, must not be compromised by any standard that contains a selective listening switch.[read more]